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50 Best Technology Resources for Every Grad Student

The entire process of studying and research has changed in recent years with the advancements in technology. Every grad student can now benefit from these resources, which help make the learning process run more smoothly and can provide an outlet for discussion and communication, along with research.

Research Technology Resources

On facet of technology that can be helpful would be these database systems and other research outlets, providing an easier way to conduct academic research and write papers.

  1. EBSCO Publishing: A database of full-text articles, books, and academic journals that students can access.
  2. Librarian's Directory: A trustworthy list of databases that are used in the library science field.
  3. Web Brain: A directory of different graphics that can be included in term papers or as part of research.
  4. Zuula: A web search engine that combines results from several other engines.
  5. Look Smart: A new directory created by Reader's Digest that links to a number of journals, magazines, and other research tools.
  6. Bartleby: An extensive list of references and research tools.
  7. What Is? Guide: This is a guide to computer terminology that is helpful for anyone that is not specifically studying the field.
  8. All Academic: Free reference guide containing a multitude of non-fiction articles and essays.
  9. Complete Planet: A full directory of other directories for the most obscure searches
  10. Stanford Dictionary of Philosophy: A guide to philosophy articles put forth by Stanford University
  11. Virtual Library: This is a full international encyclopedia that features articles and entries for a wide variety of subject matter.
  12. Library Spot: This is meant to be a virtual library as well, with links to other directories, full text articles, and search engines to find information.
  13. All Refer: A reference guide to subjects ranging from philosophy to medical symptoms, organized in an encyclopedic fashion.
  14. Science Central: This online guide lists all the science websites and has links to full research articles as well.
  15. Essential Links: Contains links to all the major news sites, search engines, and virtually every other type of useful link that a student might need for research purposes.

Writing Technology Resources

A large part of academic coursework involves writing. By the time a student is in grad school, he or she will have mastered basic essay drafting skills, but it never hurts to touch them up. These resources will help with basic dissertations, grant writing, and other specialty types of writing that a grad student might encounter.

  1. Elements of Style: A guide that is useful at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, this is also used as a manual for professional writers.
  2. How to Publish a Scientific Paper: An academic article that helps you understand the style and format of research papers in the science world.
  3. How to write up your results for publication: Once you have managed to pull together all your research, you'll need to get it ready in a presentable way. This explores how to do that.
  4. How to organise your thesis: A guide to putting together different thesis topics in a logical manner.
  5. Dissertation and Writing: This guide is meant to give students aid in writing their dissertations.
  6. Fundamentals of Grantsmanship: A guide to grant writing for students who need to sort out the financial side of writing.
  7. Acronym Guide: A list of acronyms and their meanings
  8. Dictionary: A free online dictionary for help with the trickiest of words that you might encounter in your work.
  9. Guide to Authorship: This article discusses authorship and how it applies to academic writing.
  10. Word Count Tool: Many academic papers must have exact word counts. This free online tool helps you get an accurate count instantly.
  11. Harvard Writing Center: This useful tool contains a number of different writing resources, compiled by the experts at Harvard University.
  12. Easy Bibliography: This free online tool keeps track of your research that you input, and automatically formats a bibliography for you.
  13. Citation Machine: In addition to forming bibliographies, this website also can automatically format your citations within an academic text.
  14. Zotero Research Tool: Although this helps with research purposes, it is really more helpful with automatically formatting your work into the right style for various academic purposes.
  15. English Grammar Software: This program helps check grammar and automatically fixes any errors within your paper, according to the latest writing standards.

Job Hunting Technology Resources

As graduation approaches, it can be a good idea to start looking for a job ahead of time, to beat the rush each summer. Technology resources that help teach students how to be competitive in a shifting job market can come in quite handy during this time.

  1. Pay Range Calculator: Although it's important to do what you love, it's also helpful to know how much you can earn in different fields with this calculator.
  2. The B& B Guide to First Job Haggling: A full guide written for the impending graduate, specifically one who wants to find work within an academic institution.
  3. Evolution Directory: An extensive directory of science-related jobs all over the world that is sure to be useful for any research or engineering majors.
  4. Academic Jobs: This directory has current listings throughout universities in Europe, at various levels of ability.
  5. Jobs Abroad: Students looking for more exotic work experience or internships may have luck with this international job search engine.
  6. Jobs for PhD's: A job site that is specifically formatted for those grad students pursuing PhD level degrees.
  7. USA Jobs: This is a job resource guide operated by the government that is specially designed for students.
  8. Student Government Workers: Those who want to get their foot in the door in the government can look here first.
  9. College Recruiter: Companies that wish to recruit college students often put ads here on this search engine and technological resource.
  10. Indeed: This site compiles job listings into one simple to use search engine, that theoretically will sift through all the other job listing websites.

Financial Technology Resources

Keeping track of finances is a big part of being a grad student, whose budgets are notoriously tight. To avoid being in debt for the rest of your life, it may be a good idea to use these tools for budgeting.

  1. Clear Checkbook: This is a program that allows you to balance your checkbook electronically and keep track of spending.
  2. Mint: A full website that gives advice and tips for how to keep track of spending, save money, and find a job. There are features to keep track of your bank accounts online and set electronic budgets.
  3. Cost of Living Calculator: A handy tool from a banking website that lets you compare the cost of living in different places, to determine where to settle after graduation.
  4. Affordabook: This tool is specially designed for college students who wish to find discounts on books, which can add up.
  5. Student Universe: Being a student has some advantages too, as this site demonstrates. There are cheap deals on travel that you can search for.
  6. Campus Tech: More student discounts are available here for technology items that are so vital for studying and budgeting.
  7. Mapping Your Future: This is a full-scale budgeting tool that is offered online free for grad students who wish to input their financial statistics.
  8. Student Finance Domain: Running up credit card bills is a common error that students make. This tool helps keep you informed about credit options.
  9. My Spending Plan: Another free budget tool that is a great technology resource for those who have trouble keeping track of finances.
  10. Geezeo: This is an online community that allows students to ask questions of financial experts and receive advice.
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